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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 23 July 2015

"Things sure have changed here in Moloch Falls..." Special #6

 

Special#6: "Things sure have changed here in Moloch Falls..."

In the distant future, Loaker returns to Moloch Falls...  

Notes and References:

This is the final issue of the six specials as well as the last issue of Barnaby and Loaker.

The title of this issue is a reference to the 1971 American TV show The Waltons, created by Earl Hamner Jr. The series showed the life of a Depression-era family in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountain.

This is the first flashforward issue in the series as every other issue either took place in the present or in flashbacks. This issue takes place several decades in the future where all the other main characters, apart from Loaker, have passed away. Loaker is visibly elderly and can now speak some english.

Loaker is the only character who has appeared as an infant and as an elderly person. He has been shown as a baby in issue#66: "The Grandfather" and in Special#4: "When Loaker Met Feigenbaum". He is also the only character to appear alive in the final issue (all the other characters appear in a single image flashback/memory). Loaker is also the only main character to have died during an issue.

The Pooka caretaker that appears in this issue is similar in appearance to Feigenbaum's Nephew Zero who first appeared in issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew". However the pooka in this issue doesn't seem to recognise Loaker. Loaker has met Zero several times.

The caretaker also mentions that an earthquake happened in Moloch Falls. This is the second mentioned earthquake in the series. The first earthquake occured in 1986 and is first mentioned by Barnaby in issue#102: "The Gremlin Who Knew Too Much".

The rabbits that appear in the panel with the graves of the main characters are descendants of the grumpy bunny Beauregarde. They are the result of the character's marriage in Special#2: "A Marriage in Moloch Falls".

The tree that has appeared on the hillside in many issues including issue#104: "Barnaby and Loaker" has been cut down.

The graves of the main characters reveal that Barnaby died aged 53. Kathy Dudbert finally married Barnaby Banks and died aged 66. Bancroft died at the early age of 29 and Emily Hair died aged 69. Beauregarde's death isn't mentioned but due to the life expectancy of a rabbit, we can assume that he has passed away. Feigenbaum's death isn't mentioned because he is at least partially imaginary although the fact that he isn't with Loaker would imply that he has also possibly died or been forgotten about. Loaker dies at the grand old age of 100 after finally returning to his childhood home one last time.

I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported Barnaby and Loaker and kept up to date with the issues since I started it back in 2013. It's been a lot of fun drawing these characters and it's quite sad to see it finish after a couple of years but I think the time is right. This issue serves as an ultimate ending to the character's lives but there are plenty of years inbetween that were never seen. Maybe one day I'll go back to Moloch Falls and show you some more of their adventures but for now I'd just like to say thank you and goodbye Barnaby and Loaker! 

 

Friday, 17 July 2015

"Moloch Most Haunted" Special #5

 

Special#5: "Moloch Most Haunted"

The gang discuss an old creepy house at the edge of Moloch Falls...

Notes and References:

This is the fifth of the final six special issues of Barnaby and Loaker.

The title of this issue is a reference to Most Haunted, a British paranormal reality television show. The progamme investigated purported paranormal activity around the United Kingdom. The issue is also inspired by the idea that most small towns having an old creepy house just on the edge of town.

The group have a discussion of about the house. Bancroft believes that Molochstein lives in the house. Molochstein was a troll like monster who first appeared in issue#54: "No Gremlin Is An Island". Barnaby corrects him by informing the group that Molochstein stayed in their shed for a time in issue#57: "The Monster at the End of the Garden" until issue#59: "Where The Wild Things Go".

Barnaby believes that the house is made up from the bones of Moloch's ancestors. Moloch was a giant monster who lived hundred of years ago and is the town's namesake. Interestingly, Barnaby and his brother Loaker are both distant descendants of Moloch.

Emily Hair continues to confuse and baffle the other members of the group by being obsessed with colour.

Feigenbaum is revealed to be the resident of the creepy old house. This is the first indication that Feigenbaum even requires a home as the character is at least partially imaginary.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

"When Loaker Met Feigenbaum" Special #4

 

Special#4: "When Loaker Met Feigenbaum"

A special flashback issue reveals the first time Loaker met Feigenbaum...  

Notes and References:

This is the fourth of the six final special issues of Barnaby and Loaker.

The issue details the first encounter between Loaker and Feigenbaum. Baby Loaker wanders off and gets lost in the woods but he is soon found by the Pooka Feigenbaum who proceeds to reassure the young gremlin and take him back to the Banks Family. This chance encounter eventually leads to the unbreakable bond of friendship seen throughout the 104 issue series.

This is the second flashback issue in the series. The first flashback was in issue#66: "The Grandfather" which was set ten years ago. This special issue is set nine years ago. It is worth mentioning that Loaker already has his teddy bear that bears a strong resemblance to Feigenbaum at this point in the timeline. Also this issue shows that Feigenbaum hasn't really appeared to have aged a lot in comparison to Loaker.

The title of this issue is a play on the 1989 American romantic comedy film "When Harry Met Sally..." directed by Nora Ephron and starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as the titular characters. The film raises the question "Can men and women ever just be friends?" through the many meetings between the two main characters.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

"The Moloch Loch Monster" Special #3

 

Special#3: "The Moloch Loch Monster"

Barnaby and Loaker try to find the mythical Loch Monster of Moloch Falls.  

Notes and References:

This is the third of the final six special issues of Barnaby and Loaker.

The Moloch Loch Monster was previously mentioned in issue#55: "Barnaby and Loaker Meet Molochstein". Barnaby dismisses the creature as a fiction while chatting to another Moloch myth, the troll-like Molochstein. This issue shows that the monster is actually real although Barnaby and Loaker remain unaware of it's existence.

The monster is based on the Loch Ness Monster, a legendary cryptid that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

The Moloch Loch has previously been seen in the background next to the twin peak mountains- Mount Moloculus and Mount Steinnus in issue#104: "Barnaby and Loaker" and isue#99: "Loaker In The Sky" as well as many others. This is the first issue that features the loch close up.

A Loch is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for a lake and a sea inlet.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

"A Marriage in Moloch Falls" Special #2

 

Special#2: "A Marriage in Moloch Falls"

Beauregarde gets married....?! 


Notes and Reference:

This is the second of six final specials of the weekly webcomic.

Beauregarde gets married in this special issue. There have been no hints in the main comics that he was even dating anyone. This suggests that it was a quick arrangement and one that Beauregarde is not entirely confident about given his nervous appearance and disabelief.

Feigenbaum serves as Beauregarde's best man. Feigenbaum wears a blue bow tie, this symbolises that he is Loaker's Pooka because Loaker, himself, is blue in colour. He has previous done something similar with a blue scarf in issue#26: "Barnaby and the Blizzard" and issue#77: "Moloch Fallings".

This is the first time Beaurgarde has been seen in his military uniform. He has previously been seen wearing it in photographs in issue#101: "Beauregarde: War Journal".

Feigenbaum wears a suit for the first time in the series.

 The weddings guests that can be seen in the final panel include---

1. Some Mole-Men who last appeared issue#96: "Who Will Buy This Wonderful Mole?".

2. Feigenbaum's Nephew Zero who last appeared in issue#80: "The Snow Pooka".

3. Beauregarde's extended family. He previously mentioned that he had twelve brothers who "are all idiots" in issue#73: "The Family Feigenbaum".

Beauregarde last appeared in issue#104: "Barnaby and Loaker" as a background character. Feigenbaum last appeared in issue#103: "My Friend, Feigenbaum...". The two characters befriended each other in issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde".

Thursday, 18 June 2015

"That Awful Ammon Hills Gang" Special #1

 

Special#1: "That Awful Ammon Hills Gang"

Nobody has friends like Barnaby has.....right?  

Notes and References:

This is the first of the final six special issues of Barnaby and Loaker.

The first specials issue deals with the idea that several people could be having the same thought or doing the exact same thing as you are doing in a different part of the world. As special and different the characters of Moloch Falls are, This issue shows that they may not be as unique as they appear.

The viewer finally gets to see a glipse at the town of Ammon Hills, a rival neighbouring town of Moloch Falls. Ammon Hills has been mentioned in such issues as issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew" and issue#97: "Gremlins in Space". Feigenbaum's extended brother Marlow and his nephew Zero live in Ammon Hills.

Barnaby and Loaker's friends Bancroft, Kathy Dudbert and Emily all appear in this issue. They last appeared in issue#102: "The Gremlin Who Knew Too Much".

The Ammon Hills counterparts are different from the evil Doppelgangers who last appeared as a group in issue#76: "Crisis on Mixed Up Earth...Again". The counterparts in this special issue are just similar to our Moloch Falls characters.

Barnaby has had several counterparts/Barnaby-esque characters including school bully Aldbug Lobings, His evil doppelganger Bartleby Banks, Kathy's ex-boyfriend Barney and the greeny blue character who appears in the final panel of this issue.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

"Barnaby and Loaker"

 

Issue#104: "Barnaby and Loaker"

In the final main issue of the series, Barnaby and Loaker have a heart to heart discussion.  

Notes and References:

This is the 104th issue of Barnaby and Loaker and it is also the final main issue. This issue is the two year anniversary of the webcomic, which means I've been drawing the gremlins every week for two years straight. Barnaby and Loaker will feature in six special issues coming out every week after this issue. These six issues will round up the webcomic completely for all the characters.

This issue deals with Barnaby's insecurities over his gremlin heritage and how isolated he feels in Moloch Falls. This is a theme that has been current in the vast majority of Barnaby storylines. Loaker gives his own unique insight and helps Barnaby to view their situation differently. Loaker has always been less concerned over his status as Gremlin, this was previously thought as being down to Loaker being a little crazy or unaware. This issue suggests otherwise.

This issue sums up most of the main themes of Barnaby and Loaker which are- feeling like an outsider, the trials and tribulations of growing up and Brotherhood.

In issue#1: "Special Like Loaker", Mrs. Banks reassures Barnaby that he is a "very special boy" while also dismissing Loaker as being a "different kind of special". Barnaby harks back to this by repeating his mother's throw away line as a compliment to Loaker in this issue.

Barnaby and Loaker are sitting on the same hillside seen in issue#43: "Gremlins in the Moonlight" and Issue#13: "Of Barnaby and Loaker".

Both Beauregarde and Molochstein appear in the background on this issue. Beauregarde (last seen in Issue#101: "Beauregarde: War Journal") can be seen behind the bushes. Molochstein (last seen in Issue#79: "Merry Monsters") can be seen in the distance on the mountain side.

Kathy Dudbert's Love heart carving can be seen on the side of the tree as well.